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Public Animal Welfare Society

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PAWS philosophy is that kindness to animals helps build a better world for all of us. Through the generosity of other caring individuals, we can ensure that animals who come into the care of PAWS will never again be alone, hungry, sick, afraid, or in pain.

The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 1976.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization considered to be one of Ohio’s most reputable,

long-standing cat and dog humane rescue groups.

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The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 1976. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization considered to be one of Ohio’s most reputable long-standing cat and dog humane rescue groups.

Our group is dedicated to the rescue of pets in Northeastern Ohio. Our mission is to rescue stray and/or abused cats and dogs and place them in good homes. It is a PAWS policy to adopt animals to responsible homes only in the greater Cleveland area. We provide medical care to rescued animals and foster them in our own homes. We also make sure that they are spayed or neutered so that they do not continue the cycle of births that result in more pets than homes. The advantage of adopting a fostered animal is that we know all about our adoptable pets! They have lived with us and we know their personalities, habits, likes and dislikes. We can help you find the perfect companion for your home and lifestyle! We are a no kill organization (the only time we euthanize is on the advice of a vet in order to end suffering where no hope of recovery exists).

Everything we do is out of love for the animals.

You can make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals...

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Family Fun Day

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Sat. May 31st


Amy Beichler, director of PAWS,

named Cleveland Volunteer Citizen of the Year:

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The 49-year-old Cleveland resident has headed PAWS for nine years. Founded in 1976, PAWS is a network of 45 foster homes that rescues more than 500 dogs and cats each year from the streets and government shelters.

"Amy literally sleeps with her cell phone," PAWS volunteer coordinator Carol Triefler wrote in her nomination letter. "She has crawled in the mud under a shed to rescue freezing puppies; tramped through filth and feces in a condemned house to rescue 200 Labrador retrievers; spearheaded an expedition to New Orleans to bring back 20 Katrina dogs and 12 cats; hand-fed countless abandoned litters of kittens; and nursed and prayed for far too many that died in her arms."


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Petey is a lab, terrier, heinz 57 mix that was rescued in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood.

Petey is approximately 9 months old and has a fracture in his back right leg. PAWS Ohio took him to a specialist who immediately performed surgery on a fracture that required pins and plates. Thank you Dr Vogt for working so quickly to mend this boy!

The surgery was $2,400.00.

Please help!

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